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Russian government allocates $2 mln for use of Fan-IDs at 2020 UEFA Euro Cup matches

The Fan-ID system was tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

MOSCOW, September 3. /TASS/. The Russian government has allocated 132.7 million rubles (almost $2 million) for the introduction and operation of Fan-IDs during matches of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup in Russia, according to a document published by the government on Tuesday.

The sum at issue will be distributed to the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media for the operational maintenance of the system to identify football fans as well as for the production, issuance and replacement of the personalized identification cards of football fans (Fan-ID).

Russia came up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with an innovation, which was the so-called Fan-ID required for all ticketholders. This innovation was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body of FIFA.

The Fan-ID played an important security role during the major football tournament in Russia as it granted admittance to the stadiums and also served as visa for foreign visitors to enter the country.

A Fan-ID holder was allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament. Fan-IDs were obligatory, in addition to purchased tickets, in order to attend matches of the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

2020 UEFA Euro Cup

The matches of the 2020 Euro Cup will be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely in London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), St. Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg was granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup.

The decision to hold the 2020 Euro Cup, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary that year, in different European states instead of in one or two hosting countries was made at the UEFA Executive Committee’s meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on December 6, 2012.

A total of 24 national football teams will be playing in the final tournament of the 2020 Euro Cup. All the 55 UEFA national member teams, including 12 teams from the hosting countries, will have to play in the qualifying matches to vie for the berth in the final 24-team lineup of the quadrennial European football championship.

It is possible that some of the national teams from the hosting countries of the 2020 Euro Cup will not be playing on home soil in case they fail to clear the qualifying stage.